Florida Train­ing Camps

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Ironman World Championship -

While Florida is al­ways a pop­u­lar win­ter des­ti­na­tion, most of the state is dead flat, which doesn’t ex­actly lend it­self to ex­cit­ing cy­cling op­por­tu­ni­ties. The hilli­est part of the state, though, is near Cler­mont, which is just min­utes away from Or­lando and of­fers some fan­tas­tic train­ing, thanks to both the ter­rain and the pop­u­lar Na­tional Train­ing Cen­ter, a pop­u­lar fa­cil­ity for pro triath­letes from around the world. A cou­ple of On­tario-based coach­ing groups of­fer train­ing camps ei­ther in or near Cler­mont. With hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres of bike trails to go along with the quiet and sur­pris­ingly hilly Lake County roads, it’s a great spot to dial in some heavy-duty win­ter train­ing and es­cape the cold. Lake Louisa State Park, a reg­u­lar venue for ITU Pan Amer­i­can Cup triathlon events, of­fers ex­cel­lent train­ing in all three sports, while the in­fa­mous Or­ange Groves pro­vide some chal­leng­ing, but beau­ti­ful, run ter­rain.

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